NBC Sports is reporting that Jon Octeus, 6'4" shooting guard reporting from Colorado State, a Mountain West Conference school, is transferring to UCLA next season. Octeus, who is graduating this summer, will be immediately eligible.
Octeus started all 32 games for CSU last season, averaging 13.4 points, 2.3 assists and 4.7 rebounds per game. Apparently, Octeus is an outstanding perimeter defender and model citizen according to this glowing story from the local paper.
Octeus chose UCLA over Missouri and Cincinatti. As I reported a two days ago, the Bruins have certainly have the need for guards with the loss of Zach LaVine, Jordan Adams and Kyle Anderson to the NBA and the one-year scholarship is available.
Is he the answer to all our problems? The answer is a resounding no, but it couldn't hurt to add more depth at a position of need without sacrificing a scholarship that we need to reserve for a bigger fish in 2015.
The real head-scratcher here is: why would Octeus leave a good situation at CSU to sit behind Powell, Hamilton and the coach's son, Bryce Alford? Perhaps it's the UCLA sheepskin or a chance to finish out his career at one of the nations premier programs. If it's one of thesse reasons, then I like him already.